Dear fellow cake fairies, savorers of coffee, tea and explorers of unknown places and spaces. As some of you might know, I’ve been to Hamburg last weekend. Although the beautiful port city has been on my bucked list for a longer time; I had good reason to finally make it work. Because: at the very end of my roller-coaster bus trip, there was Cynthia welcoming me. A dear friend I got to know during my exchange semester in Long Beach that I haven’t seen in years.
I’ve already been in Hamburg once when I was still a kid, but can’t remember a lot. Thus, even though we only had two full days, I was excited to get to know the city from a non-touristy point of view. The good thing is that both Cynthia and I share our love for food, so we basically fell from one café or restaurant into the next one. If I counted correctly, we have been to seven places in two days – quite a solid achievement.
Today I’d like to share a glimpse into my favorite one with you. A café (and restaurant) with a name that couldn’t be more suitable: “Das Leben isst schön”. We went for breakfast on Saturday and spent more than two hours in two fluffy velvet wing chairs that were just making it too hard for us to leave.
When my friend told me where we’re heading to, I already knew that there’s a good chance this place will match my taste (simply because we pretty much like the same food- and interior-wise), but when I entered the café, I was thrilled. Picture-perfect hotspots are build overnight these days, making it even harder to find that one that really sticks in the mind. At “Das Leben isst schön”, Scandinavian interior meets shabby vintage and right from the beginning, you’re wrapped up in that living room atmosphere. Right after the entry, you’re facing a built-in kitchen with a counter on which the most beautiful cakes and pastries are piled up and are waiting to end up on a plate. Despite the café being quite large, no table looks the same and every corner tells a different story. And so do the guests, because what I especially liked was that there’s a good mix of all ages represented, adding to a very relaxed atmosphere.
Since we couldn’t decide for one dish, we ordered three and shared them. In the end, French toast with blueberries, Pancakes and a mixed breakfast plate with all kinds of cheeses, yoghurt, bread and much more ended up on our table. As we probably meant it too well for ourselves (I’m always afraid there’s not enough food), we were provided with a small extra table so that we could finally dive into and start trying out everything. It all tasted amazing and I’m not lying when I say I’ve never seen a more beautifully arranged breakfast. It’s hard to decide for only one dish as the best one, but if I had to, I think I would choose the French toast.
Visit “Das Leben isst schön”
- Wiesenhöfen 7, 22359 Hamburg
- Metro station Volksdorf, U1
- Mo-Fr: 9:00 am – 6 pm, Sat & Sun: 10:00 am – 6 pm
- Click here for their Facebook page